I'm leaving on a cruise in a few days, so I've been working hard the last couple of weeks, figuring out what all I need to pack. Earlier in the week, I shared what clothes and toiletries to pack and today I'll share some miscellanious items. I hope these tips help you out.
Obviously, you're going to want to bring some money. Everywhere you go, there will be places for you to buy souvenirs. That's just how vacations work. Be sure to bring at least forty or fifty dollars to buy on t-shirts and trinkets. You may even want to buy some small gifts for family and close friends. Try to hide your money in various locations so if you get pick-pocketed, you won't lose everything. Be sure to bring some small bills as well, because you'll probably be tipping some of the help.
Also, be sure to bring photocopies of your identification, especially if you're going out of the country. If your identification is lost or stolen, you want to be able to get back home without a hassle. Be sure to bring extra copies of your passport, driver's license, and any other identification you might need.
You'll have a lot of downtime on the cruise, so be sure to bring some relaxing things to do. Bring an iPod or your mp3 player and a pair of headphones for easy listening on the beach. You'll also want to bring some reading material. If you're going on the cruise with your family or a group of friends, bring a pack of cards or some small, travel-size board games. You also may want to bring a little journal of some sort to record some of your memories. Be sure to add a pen or pencil into the mix.
Another no-brainer is a camera. You will MOST DEFINITELY want to take snapshots of everywhere you go. Bring your digital camera. You may want to bring some extra memory cards or batteries, in case you run out of space (especially if you aren't taking a laptop). Also be sure to bring your charger. If you have a video camera, you may want to bring that along as well. I recommend purchasing an underwater disposable camera ahead of time, especially if you'll be snorkeling or scuba diving. I'm sure they'll have some available, but they'll most likely be double the cost than at your local drug store.
Go ahead and bring a miniature sewing kit (couple of colors of thread, a couple of needles), in case you have an emergency and need to sew on a button. Also, be sure to bring some wrinkle remover and stain remover. You'll probably need both of those things at some point. Also, bring a trashbag of some sort to put your dirty laundry. You won't want to mix dirty and clean clothes in your suitcase.
You'll want to bring a few extra accessories as well, like scissors and tape, for those "just in case" moments. Also be sure to bring an umbrella and perhaps even a rain poncho of some sort, especially if you're going to the Caribbean. Be sure to bring all of your chargers--you don't want to forget those--and a portable alarm clock. You won't want to wake up late on an excursion day.
You'll also want to pack a fold-up duffel bag. Depending on how much you pack and how much you purchase, you may not have room in your suitcase to bring home all of your souvenirs. An extra bag, just in case, will be a great way to bring home all of your new goodies, especially if they're breakable and you'd like to bring them carry-on anyways.
For your carry-on bag on the way to and from your vacation, you may want to bring a few items. Ear plugs might be nice in case you'd like to take a nap on an extra loud flight. If you're flying a very long ways, you might even want to bring a sleep aid. You may also want to bring a travel pillow and a light blanket, as sometimes flights get chilly.
The last thing I'd like to share are a few tips of what NOT to bring on your cruise. Try to avoid valuable-looking jewelery, like diamond necklaces and etc. These will pinpoint you as being wealthy and might make you a target for theft. Don't bring anything that would absolutely DEVASTATE you to lose because luggage is lost sometimes. Also, remember that your suitcase can only weigh fifty pounds without giving you a fine. Be sure to weigh your suitcase ahead of time. You don't want to be charged with any unexpected fines.
The last thing I'd like to say is... have a wonderful time on your cruise. :)